TIME 2016 Election

Nearly Half of American Voters Are Stressing About the 2016 Election: Poll

Women were more likely than men to experience election-related stress

Two weeks away from Election Day, nearly half of American voters are experiencing election-related stress, according to a new poll.

The ABC News poll found that 46% of likely voters said the 2016 election is stressful. Half of those voters said it had caused them “serious stress.” On the other hand, 53% of voters said the election was not a source of stress.

Election stress was particularly high among liberal Democrats (57%) and evangelical white Protestants (56%), according to the survey, which also revealed a gender gap. While 51% of women indicated stress over the election, just 39% of men felt the same.

At 59%, college-educated white women were the group most likely to say the election had caused them stress. At 38%, non-college-educated white men were the group least likely to indicate stress.

The results are consistent with other measures of campaign-related stress. A recent survey by the American Psychological Association found that 52% of American adults said the 2016 election is a significant source of stress in their lives.

The ABC News poll, conducted from Oct. 20 to Oct. 23, surveyed 1,155 likely voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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